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Space program team members celebrate on Saturday at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center after the successful landing of China's Tianwen 1 Mars probe on the Red Planet was announced. [Photo/Xinhua]

>China succeeds in Mars landing

China's Tianwen 1 Mars probe streaked down through the Martian sky on May 15, becoming the country's first probe to land on a planet other than Earth. The lander, carrying a Mars rover, touched down at its pre-selected landing area in the southern part of Utopia Planitia, a vast plain on the northern hemisphere of Mars, at 7:18 am (Beijing Time), the China National Space Administration announced.

China's first Mars rover is named Zhurong after the god of fire in ancient Chinese mythology, which echoes with the Chinese name of the red planet: Huoxing (the planet of fire).

The student wheelchair dancers of Guangdong Peiying Vocational Technical School practice often. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

>Better life-quality for the disabled

Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong on Sunday called for improving the quality of life of the disabled and enhancing the protection of their livelihood. Wang, director of State Council Working Committee on Disability, made the remarks while attending a series of activities marking China's 31st National Day for Helping the Disabled in Beijing.

Wang talked with disabled entrepreneurs, visited a rehabilitation center, and learned about its work.

Noting that some disabled people are facing difficulties due to low incomes, Wang called for improving the employment situation and earnings of the disabled by providing better skills training and aid in job-seeking. Wang also emphasized improving relevant public services, such as rehabilitation and further developing disabled-friendly infrastructure.

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>Competition held in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian national qualification contest of the 20th "Chinese Bridge", a major international Chinese proficiency competition for foreign university students, was held in Sofia on Sunday.

The event, organized by the Chinese embassy in Bulgaria and the Confucius Institute in Sofia, was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with seven students from three universities participating.

Radina Yanuzova, a 23-year-old student from Sofia University’s "St. Kliment Ohridski", won the competition with 95.71 points out of 100.

She will represent Bulgaria at the finals in China.

The "Chinese Bridge" competition is organized annually to inspire foreign students to learn Chinese and enhance their understanding of Chinese culture.

Musician Ne-Yo performs as the late professional basketball player and Class of 2020 inductee Kobe Bryant is honored during the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, US, on May 15, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Bryant enshrined in Hall of Fame

Los Angeles Lakers icon and legend Kobe Bryant was inducted posthumously into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 on Saturday, together with contemporaries "the Big Fundamental" Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

The 2020 induction ceremony was originally scheduled for August last year, but was delayed by eight months due to the pandemic.

Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash last year.

Bryant was an 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2016, earning the 2008 NBA MVP and Finals MVP twice in 2009 and 2010, also winning an Olympic gold medal with the US in 2008 and 2012.

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